As a Toronto wedding photographer, facing intense competition, I'm always looking for ways to differentiate myself. At this Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe wedding I found plenty of opportunities to do just so. This is one of them!
This image entitled the beauty is in the eye of the beholder, is one of the best I did of this wedding. I noticed that Taylor, the groom, was wearing a reflective pair of aviator sunglasses. As such, I posed the bride in such way so I can see her reflection in the groom's sunglasses. Honestly, I have seen this technique tried in various ways but never executed so masterfully. In this image, the bride's reflection is one of the two subjects. The groom is smiling while the bride is holding his hand (the reflection of the bride) and is blowing a kiss.
From a composition standpoint this is also well-executed photo because Katerina is placed in the centre of the Golden Spiral. Even more, if you look carefully in the reflection their two leading lines that direct the viewer towards Katerina. First, the shoreline and second line of palm trees create arrows pointing to the bride. Another virtual leading line is the groom's gaze and their hands. Finally, Katerina is looking at Taylor and blowing an air kiss towards him, which creates a virtual leading line towards the second subject of this photo, the groom.
Regarding post processing I used simple preset to enhance the colours a bit of retouching for the for the groom's blemishes and some dodge and burning.
Equipment used to create this picture. First is my beloved can 5D Mark III camera on which I mounted 35mm L lens.
What makes this picture matchless? First, the composition. Second, the reflection. Third, of course, the groom's expression and the exotic landscape.